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Old 08-10-2017, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I trained all of mine to a single trunk. I'll post some pics later.
These are 'Yuma' planted along my property line.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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'Natchez'
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default Single trunk Crape Myrtles

Thanks for the photos, the trees look great! It's a little different than what I envision. I was going to keep a longer trunk until the first branches begin from the main trunk. Not sure if there is any standard, I would guess it's just a matter of preference. I was thinking of the trunk being 25% of the entire height of the tree, however, I guess much has to do with the specific way the tree and branches grow.

Thanks again for the photos!
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Crape myrtles come in so many sizes, there's mini, dwarf, semi-dwarf, and large tree types. Those Yuma's are considered 'semi-dwarf' and are probably about 20' tall, and the trunks are around 4' to the first branch. The 'Natchez' will get much bigger, but I only kept the single trunk for a few feet before letting it branch off.

They are really a constant job to keep that way when young, because they sucker from the base. As they age they finally get the hint.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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I've got a few 'Natchez' crape myrtles, trained to three trunks, and they still have suckers. A tip that local nurseryman and crape myrtle expert George Bennett (Bennett Nurseries) gives is to snap or bend the suckers to discourage growth.

Nice pics snl.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I've got a few 'Natchez' crape myrtles, trained to three trunks, and they still have suckers. A tip that local nurseryman and crape myrtle expert George Bennett (Bennett Nurseries) gives is to snap or bend the suckers to discourage growth.

Nice pics snl.
Yes, if they are cut clean I believe they have a tendency to re-grow quicker. I am still wondering if my two trunk Crape Myrtle will sprout another trunk?
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default Single Trunk Crape Myrtle ( a baby)

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Old 08-11-2017, 04:12 PM
 
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Single trunk crepe myrtles are quite the norm and found at almost every nursery in So Cal. Nothing unusual about having one here. Some cities have their streets lined with them as street trees.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Single trunk crepe myrtles are quite the norm and found at almost every nursery in So Cal. Nothing unusual about having one here. Some cities have their streets lined with them as street trees.
I have never seen them here in SW Virginia but if I was able to find a decent sized one, I would jump on it.

Meanwhile, I can only hope that my tiny one grows quickly since I am not in my 40's and have years to wait to it grow into a decent sized tree!
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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Here's one in front of my house. I planted it about 7 years ago from a 5 gal bucket. I live in the desert southwest and it does fine here but is slow growing. About a month ago it was really full of flowers, much more so than now. The flowers are much redder than the pictures show. This one is called red rocket I think.
Crape myrtles are naturally shrubs so even the tree form will always sucker at the bottom trying to become a shrub again.

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